Dr.oec. Roberts Zīle
- Mr Zīle is a prominent Latvian politician. Mr Zīle studied in the University of Latvia, earning a doctorate in economics. Mr Zīle was a key player in rebuilding the economic state of Latvia post-Soviet occupation and encouraging Latvia’s role in the European markets. In 1997, Mr Zīle became the Minister of Finance of Latvia. Mr Zīle also held the post of Minister of Transport from 2002 until 2004. Since 2004, Mr Zīle has been elected as a member of the European Parliament. Mr Zīle is a member of the nationally linked party in the European Parliament ‘European Conservatives and Reformists’. He is the leader of the Latvian delegation in the party and a member of the party Bureau. In 2021 Mr Zīle was elected as a Vice President of the European Parliament.